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Chris Van Allsburg

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Considered to be one of the foremost authors and illustrators of surrealistic fantasy for children, Chris Van Allsburg was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 1949. He received his B. F. A. at the University of Michigan and his M. F. A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. He married Lisa Morrison näytä lisää and currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design. Van Allsburg's work is highly praised for the excellent artisanship of his illustrations, which often have a surreal element. His first book, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979), concerning a lost dog found by a magician, and his second book, Jumanji (1981), about a strange board game that comes to life, brought him quick praise. Jumanji won the Caldecott Medal in 1982. The Polar Express (1985), Van Allsburg's most popular book, deals with the idea that the ability to believe in things beyond one's experiences helps to keep a person young. It also won a Caldecott Medal in 1986. Other books by Van Allsburg include The Z was Zapped, and Just a Dream, a story about a boy who learns to be ecological. Van Allsburg's sculptures have also been exhibited at many New York galleries. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän
Image credit: Author of children's books Chris Van Allsburg (right) and NASA engineer Jennifer Keyes (center) speak with Digital Learning Network host Rachael Manzer during a live videoconference on Nov. 16 at Langley Research Center. Photo by Jeff Caplan. (nasa.gov)


Tekijän teokset

The Polar Express (1985) 9,630 kappaletta
Jumanji (1981) 3,165 kappaletta
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick (1984) 1,611 kappaletta
Just a Dream (1990) 1,298 kappaletta
Two Bad Ants (1988) 1,210 kappaletta
Zathura (2002) 967 kappaletta
The Widow's Broom (1992) 944 kappaletta
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi (1979) 924 kappaletta
The Stranger (1986) 862 kappaletta
The Sweetest Fig (1993) 752 kappaletta
The Wreck of the Zephyr (1983) 695 kappaletta
The Wretched Stone (1991) 642 kappaletta
A City in Winter (1996) — Kuvittaja — 435 kappaletta
Queen of the Falls (2011) 394 kappaletta
Probuditi! (2006) 371 kappaletta
Ben's Dream (1982) 323 kappaletta
Bad Day at Riverbend (1995) 317 kappaletta
The Veil of Snows (1997) — Kuvittaja — 239 kappaletta
The Misadventures of Sweetie Pie (2014) 99 kappaletta
All aboard the Polar Express (2004) 53 kappaletta
Jumanji: Complete Series [1996 TV animation] — Tekijä — 3 kappaletta
Z for Zephyr 1 kappale
O Expresso Polar 1 kappale

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Narnian tarinat (1950) — Kansikuvataiteilija, eräät painokset35,468 kappaletta
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Kaspianin matka maailman ääriin (1952) — Kansikuvataiteilija, eräät painokset25,327 kappaletta
Hopeinen tuoli (1953) — Kansikuvataiteilija, eräät painokset23,911 kappaletta
Narnian viimeinen taistelu (1956) — Kansikuvataiteilija, eräät painokset23,218 kappaletta
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Kuvittaja — 768 kappaletta
Swan Lake (1989) — Kuvittaja — 672 kappaletta
Jumanji [1995 film] (1995) — Original story — 650 kappaletta
Zathura [2005 film] (2006) — Tekijä — 174 kappaletta
Jumanji (Novelization) (1995) — Avustaja — 161 kappaletta
The Big Book For Our Planet (1993) — Kansikuvataiteilija — 135 kappaletta
Chris Van Allsburg's Polar Express (Music) (1998) — Avustaja — 10 kappaletta

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A story book with great stories. Needless to say this isn't the time and place (pun intended) to review them all. So, I will review its greatest story - in my humble opinion that is.

"And Mr Einstein, who is the smartest man in the whole history of the world, he has proved -- absolutely proved -- that time is just another dimension, just like space. Time is what happens when you can go up and down, side to side, in and out, and before and after." So, tells Gilbert his incredulous friends Neils, Erwin and Emmy.

Like any good story, ” Another Time, Another Place ” by Cory Doctorow delivers on both, entertainment and depth. Within a setting we can picture vividly, the young protagonist and friends remind us poignantly of our own childhood. Its youthful actors are characteristically curious and inquisitive and such is their interaction with their wondrous world. Their nimble - unbiased by the established - minds make perceptions change with the power of their imagination, to having us worried whether, indeed, we have already succumbed to the most wide-spread of all adult-onset diseases, the calcification of thinking. If you are willing to dig deeper you will find layers of meanings buried within Cory Doctorow’s masterpiece. For when we finally get to the crux of the matter, the fundamental, underlying principle of the universe, we find ourselves not only questioning our own encrusted perceptions of reality but also in awe of a tapestry that only the intertwining strands of physics and analytic philosophy can weave – a cosmology that is more fantastic that any myth or folktale. - If our scientist and philosophers are right that is. Notwithstanding that, ultimately, “Another Time, Another Place”, does perhaps what matters most, it teaches us the value of the philosophic though experiment and admonishes us not to succumb to the one-tracked, monolithic procedural of academia. Scientific breakthroughs are enabled through paradigm shifts, denied without a fundamental change of perception and impossible to attain without a faculty of wonder.
Our hero Gilbert and the character of Emmy show us the contrast between flexibility and rigidness, the wonder of expanding the mind and bowing to the established. Unlike Emmy who represents the conservative, Gilbert is equality endowed with faculty of wonder and flexibility of perception when he makes himself experience time as space. In doing so he overcomes the common and unfortunately false perception that space is different from time and adopts the true physical reality of space-time according to Albert Einstein. This new perception opens a whole new avenue of possibility.
Imagine your mind can perceive the physics of space-time enabling you to travel in time just as we do in space. As your mind accepts and assimilates the similarity of space and time you may travel not only backwards in time but most importantly sideways.
To trigger Einstein's perception of space-time, Gilbert needs both, the faculty of wonder and perhaps a bit more mundane, a hand car and rails to make time analogous to space. To Gilberts delight his thought experiment becomes reality, and he finds that even though there are no pathways allowing continuous movement between the parallel rails of the multiverse - after all this is not Newton's perception of reality anymore but the Bohr-Einsteinian universe and beyond- akin to the teleporting discontinuous quantum-jumping electron he is able to make his own discontinuous jumps from handcar to handcar, from universe to universe. The realm of all the infinite alternative “what-might-have-beens”, in his grasp, the death of his beloved father, the motivating factor to his handcar journey, can be undone.
Last but not least, if the concepts and prospects within Doctorow’s short story appeal to you, you may want to give Jack Finney’s “Time and again” a try. Finney’s novel expands on Doctorow’s short story providing great entertainment scaffolded by Einstein’s concepts of relativity and space-time.
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nitrolpost | 45 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Mar 19, 2024 |
Quoting from the book on the verso page, "Summary: A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus." This book was written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg. It won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children for year it was published.
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uufnn | 457 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 24, 2024 |
Like many Chris Van Allsburg books- I’m not sure what I read.

Intentionally dreamy and surreal this book takes you on a ship through the sky that crashes back to shore. Its more like an art book that is narrated than it is a narration that is illustrated.
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FamiliesUnitedLL | 23 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 20, 2024 |
This was my favorite children’s book as a kid. The art is fantastic
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Ghost1y | 73 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jan 28, 2024 |



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